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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A month removed from the riots and demonstrations that took over the Twin Cities in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, there is now the continuation of that movement.

Protesters marched Saturday night in downtown Minneapolis to take a stand against the Fourth of July because it does not represent freedom to them.

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A group called 10K Foundation, which is in part put together by local athletes, organized Saturday’s Black 4th March. They first met at the plaza next to U.S. Bank Stadium early Saturday evening. Juan Coleman is one of the march’s organizers.

Marchers gather at U.S. Bank Stadium (credit: CBS)

“We call it the ‘Black March’ because of all the wrongdoings that’s been going on in the country of the United States,” Coleman said.

March participant Marvin Singleton says he wants to bring attention to the fact that the holiday does not represent freedom to many Black Americans.

“Some people want to celebrate independence, but what independence are you celebrating? Everybody that look like me, all of my Black people were still in slavery during this time,” Singleton said.

This was the fifth Twin Cities march organized by the 10K Foundation.

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USA :They launch a campaign to save one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world

Quito, Aug 10 (EFE) .- The Jocotoco Conservation Foundation launched an international campaign on Monday to raise funds to protect one of the “most threatened ecosystems in the world”, in the Chocó area of ​​Ecuador.

The “Save the Chocó” campaign seeks to raise five million dollars, in five weeks, to buy and protect 23,000 hectares of virgin rainforest, unique in Chocó, the cradle of biodiversity on the western slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes.

It is “one of the most important areas in America that is home to more than 140 species of amphibians and reptiles,” the Foundation said in a statement.

“The conservation opportunity for this area is unprecedented! The purchase of these lands would connect the surrounding reserves, their conservation would create a completely contiguous protected area of ​​more than 740,000 acres, larger than Yosemite National Park in California!” added.

This new protected area, he said, would cover a wide altitudinal gradient, from sea level to almost 5,000 meters, “higher than any mountain in the continental United States.”

According to Jocotoco, by protecting the Chocó lowlands, the Andean cloud forest and the páramo, it will be significantly larger than any protected area in western Ecuador, crucial for species whose survival is threatened by global warming.

Species will be able to migrate to highlands in search of cooler temperatures and building long-term resistance.

There are still many species to be discovered and studied in this one, such as the Odontomachus davidsoni ant and “due to the rapid deforestation, it is very important to act now before it is too late!”

Odontomachus davidsoni is the name of this new species of ant, considered among the five largest in the Neotropics.

Trap-jaw ants have one of the fastest movements known to science, closing their jaws to capture prey.

The expeditions that led to its discovery in the Canandé reserve were led by Phillip Hönle and Nico Bluthgen of the University of Darmstadt.

His find is surprising since it is a very large ant, similar to the size of a conga, with a striking coloration and an elongated jaw.

This discovery helps to highlight the importance of protecting and studying the Chocó’s lowland forest remnants, the Jocotoco Foundation stressed.

And he added that together with his partner Rainforest Trust, an auction was held to choose the name of the species. The name was chosen in honor of Stuart Carleton Davidson, a lover of nature.

The funds raised from the auction help with the purchase of land to expand the Canandé reserve, in order to create a corridor that connects our Canandé and Tesoro Escondido reserves with the Cotacachi-Cayapas National Park.

(c) EFE Agency

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